Gee, I am so sorry that this happened to you, abbycdps. I am even more sorry that you allowed the incident to affect you so deeply to withdraw from the program.
We are all human and we all make mistakes. I still make mistakes. I merely deal with them better now than when I was younger.
Two stories come to mind: One is, when I was in my third semester of nursing school
, I got two patients' meds switched. Luckily, they were on similar meds, so it wasn't a big deal. But I was put on probation for the remainder of the time I was in the Nursing program.
The day before the med error, in clinicals, I had had a heavy load of Patients with IV's and dressing changes and such, and had sailed through like a pro. The next day, two Patients on po meds and I screw up! That
The other story is about a time, a few years ago, I received shift report from a new Nurse who had administered the wrong kind or dosage of insulin, I don't remember now which it was, to a Patient. She was so upset with herself! But she immediately contacted the MD, and fed and monitored the Patient.
I told this new Nurse that we all make mistakes, and the important thing is how we deal with those mistakes. This new Nurse owned up to her mistake and acted accordingly. Her actions were worthy of respect and I let her know that.
You've made your decision and I respect that, abbycdps. Please make this situation one from which you will take away something valuable.
The very best to you!